|Saving BIG BIRD is a high priority now!|
Mitt Romney's comments on Wednesday that he would cut government funding to PBS and fire Big Bird sparked outrage and mockery on the web, with President Obama joking on the stump that he didn't know Big Bird and Elmo were driving up the federal deficit. Obama supporters even chanted "P-B-S" at the president's Friday rally in Virginia."These are tough times with real serious issues," Romney said at an event in Van Meter, Iowa. "So you have to scratch your head when the president spends the last week talking about saving Big Bird. I actually think we need to have a president who talks about saving the American people and saving good jobs and saving our future and also saving the family farm." The folks at Sesame Street are miffed by an Obama campaign ad featuring the 8-foot-2-inch star of the children's TV show. The ad mocks ## Romney's debate pledge to cut
funding for PBS as a way to cut the deficit. Sesame Workshop has asked the Obama campaign to pull the ad, reports USA TODAY's David Jackson. Saving BIG BIRD may be a serious issue with educators . The MAJOR problem is not the yellow bird in it's self . I grew up watching this six foot fella myself . Now when it comes to home, much as a nation are we borrowing from China to subsidize cultural programming here in America . That should be funded by our dollars . A year ago the Chinese Press blasted American borrowing Xinhua, the state-run news service. Mitt Romney's attack on PBS's funding may have drawn a major line . Mitt should have been a bit more clear . Criticism from Chinese officials a year ago over the U.S. debate on the debt ceiling have been muted, though in July China’s top military officer suggested the U.S. would be better spending less on national defense. State-run Chinese media outlets have been less reticent to blast U.S. policy. China, which now holds at least $1.16 trillion in U.S Treasury securities, is the U.S. government’s largest foreign creditor. Xinhua noted that China’s role as a leading lender to the U.S. gives it full right to critique the missteps of the world’s largest economy.The editors of the New Hampshire Union Leader agreed."The non-profit [Sesame Street] made more from product licensing ($47 million) in 2011 than it got from the government. It listed assets last year of $411 million -- just $24 million shy of the entire 2013 federal appropriation for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
"Obama says we should continue borrowing from China to fund an organization that is rolling in cash and does not need any government subsidies. Romney says that makes no financial sense. No matter how cute Big Bird is, Romney is right," they wrote.
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